February/March 2022 Newsletter: JCamp, VOICES deadlines are March 31

Welcome to AAJA Hawai‘i’s monthly newsletter! Here, you’ll find chapter updates, upcoming events, member bylines and more.

If you have a story or career update you want to share with our AAJA family, let us know at hawaii@aaja.org!

Chapter Updates and Announcements

The board met on March 1 and discussed plans for a member survey and the upcoming July 2022 convention that will be held in LA.

The board’s next meeting will be in early April. If you’d like to attend, please email hawaii@aaja.org.

Member Bylines

Hawai‘i Lawmakers Seek To Rein In Unpaid Internships

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Cassie Ordonio reports on SB 988, which would prohibit unpaid internships except for specific educational purposes in exchange for academic credit or training. “For many young professionals, internships are a gateway to get experience in their chosen career field. But some Hawai’i students have raised concerns that working for free is unethical and benefits those with more financial backing.”

Here’s How Affordable Housing Policies Have Impacted Hawai‘i’s Housing Supply

Noelle Fujii-Oride of Hawaii Business Magazine takes a deep dive into Hawai‘i’s inclusionary zoning policies to see whether they’ve helped the state’s affordable housing shortage. “Some developers and others familiar with Hawai‘i’s housing industry have complained for years about Hawai‘i’s inclusionary policies. They say these policies actually reduce the housing supply because of burdensome requirements and they want major changes in those policies.”

City parking renovation leads to closure of Honolulu child care facility

Ashely Mizuo of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports on the potential loss of Seagull Schools’ 264 child care seats. The center has operated at its location for 36 years, and the city said it would not renew the lease. The potential loss of Seagull Schools would further exacerbate the shortage of child care on O‘ahu, which has only continued to worsen, said Kathleen Algire, director of early learning and health policy at Hawaii Children’s Action Network.

Conservationists try new method to stop spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in Kauaʻi nature preserve

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Casey Harlow r​​eports on the use of a beetle repellent to stop the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death in Kauaʻi’s Alakaʻi Plateau. “So the idea is it repels beetles from the diseased tree – thereby keeps the fungal pathogen from escaping into the environment,” said KISC ROD outreach specialist Kim Rogers.

Community marks 80th anniversary of Japanese internment with reflection, hope

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jayna Omaye writes about the impacts that Japanese internment camps had on Japanese residents in Hawai‘i. “Local community leaders, including Yamaga’s daughter, Minda Yamaga of the Japanese American Citizens League Honolulu chapter, a civil rights organization that works to challenge racism and bigotry directed against Japanese Americans and the greater Asian American community, say it’s important to not just remember what happened, but to learn from those past injustices.”

Fights At Hawai‘i Schools Highlight The Need For More Mental Health Support

Suevon Lee of Civil Beat reports on school leaders’ strategies for dealing with the rise in violent behavior and disturbances on campuses. “Teachers and school administrators say the uptick in fights last fall was part of a broader trend fueled by the loss of in-person interactions and a lack of help with conflict resolution during the year-and-a-half of mostly virtual learning.”

Updates and Announcements from AAJA National, Chapters and Affinity Groups

The deadline for AAJA’s Journalism Excellence Awards has been extended to March 18. Apply here.

Applications are open for AAJA’s JCamp, a six-day training camp for high school students. Students selected for the program have all costs covered including airfare, campus housing and meals. Current plans are to hold the camp in-person in Los Angeles, but details are still being developed. Deadline to apply is March 31. More information here.

Apply for AAJA’s VOICES program, a fellowship program that equips undergraduate and graduate student journalists with career-ready skills. The program this year will consist of summer-long training and project work that begins in May and culminates at the AAJA 2022 Convention in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 28 to Saturday, July 31. The application deadline for both students and editors is March 31. More information here.

Job Openings, Grant Opportunities

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is seeking an experienced journalist to join its opinion-editorial section. The successful candidate must have a solid understanding of Hawai‘i and its many issues, in order to write well-informed and insightful opinion pieces for the betterment of the community. Salary will be based on experience level. Serious candidates should send a resume and writing clips to Lucy Young-Oda, Honolulu-Star-Advertiser editorial page editor, at: lyoungoda@staradvertiser.com.

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experience reporter to cover city government. Applicants need to have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience, and the salary is expected to start at $70,000. More information here.

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism provides up to $15,000 and editorial support for experienced journalists to produce deeply-reported investigative or enterprise stories on critical economic, financial and business topics. Journalists of color and journalists from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous McGraw Fellows have explored a wide variety of topics — and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many have been generalists, or cover areas such as health care, inequality or the environment. The Fellowship is open to both freelance and staff journalists in all forms of media with at least five years’ professional experience. The deadline for Spring 2022 Fellowship applications is March 31, 2022. For further information, go to www.mcgrawcenter.org or contact mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu.

Other Announcements

From the Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association: HB 1848, which protects the first amendment rights of those involved in student journalism in Hawai‘i, is moving through the state Legislature. You can find testimony templates here. President Cindy Reves made a testimony instruction video when the bill was heard by its first committee. Much of it is still relevant if you do not know how to submit testimony.

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